Viva Travels: 72 Hours in Mexico City

View from my hotel room

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to visit Mexico City. I've been to other more "touristy" places in Mexico such as Cabo, Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum, but I must say I was really impressed with Mexico City. There was so much to do from checking out amazing restaurants to their nightlife and not to mention the weather was also delicious (in the 70s and 60s). It's basically like the New York of Latin America. There's no doubt that Mexico City is having its moment right now. I was only there for 72 hours, but managed to pack in so much in such little time.

In case you're planning your own little getaway to this magical city, here are a few things you might want to check out:

Where to Stay:  Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel 
I stayed at the Sheraton Maria Isabel, which was perfectly situated in Reforma (it also faced the beautiful Angel of Reforma Avenue and was steps away from the U.S. Embassy). The rooms were spacious and super clean--it even had an air purifier. The staff was also really nice and helpful. They even had a green juice and fruit dessert waiting for me in my room when I arrived (how sweet!)

One of my favorite things of the hotel (aside from the Wi-Fi) was the 24-hour room service.  I was pretty exhausted when I arrived so decided to grab lunch in my room. The food was sooo good, especially their tacos!

Things to Do: 

Visit the pyramids in Teotihuacan (probably a 35 minute drive from Mexico City). It was an ancient Mesoamerican city thought to have been established around 100 BC.  It was breathtakingly beautiful and I highly recommend it.
** Just make sure to wear sneakers or comfy shoes to climb the pyramids**

Check out Reino Animal. If you love animals, you'll love Reino Animal. You'll get to interact with lots of animals. My favorite part was when we boarded a bus for a Safari-like tour. We got to get up close and personal (and FEED) animals such as giraffes, zebras and camels.

**This place is also located in Teotihuacan, so it's a great option to combine with the pyramids**

At night, you can check out many of the cool and chic restaurants and bars located in Polanco or La Condesa (some of Mexico's most fashionable neighborhoods).

Where to Eat:

La Gruta: After I was done checking out the pyramids, I had lunch at La Gruta, a stunning restaurant located inside a cave (and a few steps away from the pyramids). They even have a folklore dance show, which was a nice treat while we ate.

Aurora: Great restaurant (near the Roma zone) to go with friends or on a date. It has a beautiful setting filled with plants and an open-air patio space. The food is absolutely delicious.

La Xampa: Perfect place to grab a drink after dinner located in La Condesa. The music is great, but not too loud where you can still have a conversation.

Don Quintin: If you're looking to get your fix of cocktails and dancing, then be sure to check out Don Quintin. It has a great ambiance and even live music. It's located in Polanco.

Mala Fama: Cool little spot in La Condesa to grab a bite to eat or a beer. They even have pool tables (billiard), which always makes for a fun night.


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